Esoteric Recordings continue with releases on their new Reactive imprint, (dedicated to reissues of classic German rock), with a journey into the catalogue of Eckart Rahn’s legendary KUCKUCK label. KUCKUCKwas responsible for releasing many great albums in Germany in the early 1970s, including those by the wonderful Out Of Focus. Featuring Moran Neumuller (vocals, sax, flute), Remigus Dreschler (guitar), Hennes Hering (keyboards), Stephan Wisheu (bass) and Klaus Spori (drums), this legendary Munich based band were contemporaries of acts such as Amon Duul II and recorded three classic and highly collectable albums for the label.This self-titled album was the band ‘s second release for Kuc Kuck and saw OUT OF FOCUS look towards a more Jazz influenced direction, whilst retaining their Underground rock stance on epic tracks such as Whispering and Television Program.
What happens to people who suffer from mental illnesses and commit violent crimes? Some are sent to forensic psychiatric hospitals-once called asylums for the criminally insane-where they disappear from public view for years. Emmy award-winning filmmaker John Kastner gained unprecedented access to one such facility, the Brockville Mental Health Centre. He follows the treatment of patients struggling to gain control over their lives, so they can return to a society that often fears and demonizes them.
This is a wonderful but little-known gem from 1970. A Christian Heavy/ Psych group 'OUT OF DARKNESS' made a cutting psych LP here.The lyrics delivered with conviction, great biting progressive guitar with 'rough edge' attack. Superb Hendrix Inspired Psychedelic Rock LP. Their rare only album, have some religious overtones, as it appeared on the religious 'Key' record label in England, but as a group, it's pretty amazing.The London-based outfit were very competent musicians and the material on this album ranges from Heavy/Psych through to Jazz/Blues. This is one of the most sought after British Progressive albums!!!
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
It's amazing and fascinating to know how FOCUS were (and still are) popular in Brazil. They are good and really deserved that distinction but I also realize that their first output came in a moment that part of the younger generation was eager to some new sounds, experiences and perspectives - a new focus, indeed. Those kids that became teenagers in late 60s had received musical information coming from BEATLES, MOODY BLUES, PROCOL HARUM, early FLOYD and CRIMSON, and so they were naturally looking for novelties, a niche filled amongst other by FOCUS.